Getting ready for a move is overwhelming—and a big part of that preparation is going through your belongings, deciding what to keep and what to toss, and then determining the best way to move the items.

Dealing with items in your garage can be especially challenging. We should know. Covan World-Wide Moving has provided moving services for more than 100 years, and our experienced residential moving professionals offer our best tips for moving various items in your garage.

Cars and Trucks

Driving your vehicles to your new location is the most affordable option, but it’s not always possible, especially if you’re moving an especially long distance or have several vehicles. Choose a moving company with trailers able to move your truck or car. If you have an especially valuable or antique vehicle, you may want to find a moving company that will move your vehicle in an enclosed trailer. Purchase additional coverage that will protect you should the vehicle be damaged in transit.


The safest way to ship your motorcycle is in a specialized crate with tie-down straps. This prevents damage due to the bike tipping over. You can purchase the crate yourself if you’re completing a DIY move. If you’re hiring a professional moving company, they should have the crates and be fully trained on how to properly move a motorcycle.


Remove the propane tank or charcoal prior to the move. The grill should be wrapped in moving pads and held closed with straps. Ensuring the grill is securely closed will prevent damage to the interior. Note that the moving company will not move a grill with the propane tank attached, so it’s better to sell the tank prior to moving.

Flammable Liquids

You will need to dispose of paint, lighter fluid, and other flammable liquids before your move. Moving companies will not handle these items. If you’re completing the move yourself, you shouldn’t attempt to move such items as they present a potential hazard that’s not worth the risk.

Lawncare Items

If you’ve decided to bring your lawn mower and other lawn care items with you when you move, be sure to empty them of all fuel before moving. Most lawncare items are durable enough to endure a move without special handling, but you (or your moving company) should secure the items, so they don’t damage other items in your shipment.


Smaller tools can be placed inside a tool chest and the drawers secured. For larger or fragile tools, such as woodworking or metal crafting equipment, you may want to crate the items to prevent damage while in transit.

As is the case with items inside your home. A move is a good time to purge your garage of unwanted items. Instead of paying to move items you haven’t used in years, take this opportunity to donate or toss those things. This will help to save on moving costs and make it easier to set up your new garage with less clutter.

If you’re planning a move, contact Covan World-Wide Moving to learn more about our highly reviewed local and long distance moving services. Call to speak with a member of our team or fill out our online form now to schedule a free consultation.